Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Year Published: 2015

Genre: Young Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 306
Rating: 5 out of 5

Location (my 2015 Google Reading map)USA (??)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book):
 My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in 17 years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean , and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Review: A librarian friend recommended this book to me. She loved the first and last thirds and felt neutral about the middle. I liked the whole thing.

It's such an interesting premise: a girl is so sick, with an immune system so compromised, that she cannot leave the house. She has a full time nurse, Carla, during the day. Carla and she have been together for almost 18 years and love each other like family. At night, her mom, a doctor, takes over. They have a great relationship, playing games, talking about books, discussing the world, and more. The house is totally set up to allow her to live as normal a life as possible, even though she cannot leave the house. Ever.

And along comes a boy. A nice boy. A cute boy. He disrupts everything. And I mean everything.

Yoon's story is one that will pull you in from the start and makes you want to know if she leaves the house. Does she meet the boy? I won't reveal anymore than that so I don't ruin the story.

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